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France: Comparative Law and Institutions
Strasbourg, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Political Science
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: John Kilwein
Program Description:


France: Comparative Law & Institutions
The WVU Summer Strasbourg Program offers a foreign study experience for students with a major (or minor) in Political Science, International Studies, or a related discipline who are interested in pre-law/legal studies, comparative politics, and international law.  

The program offers two three-credit WVU Political Science courses and includes numerous site visits in Germany and France as well as a weekend trip to European Union institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg.  These courses both look comparatively at the judicial systems and legal institutions of Germany, France, and other European countries as well as those of the European Union.  This program, which is fully integrated into the pre-law/legal studies track of the Political Science major (and minor), offers an opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the U.S. legal system from a cross-national perspective.  The program is thus an excellent vehicle by which to “internationalize” the Political Science major. 

As for International Studies majors, the program offers ideal courses to fit with the I.S. major (or minor) areas of emphases in “Diplomacy and International Security” and/or in “European” studies.  Furthermore, the Strasbourg Program can serve as the basis for the "capstone" experience for both the Political Science and International Studies majors.  And, for interested students, the Strasbourg program can provide preparation for the Political Science Department’s semester exchange with the School of Law at the University of Manchester.  


City: Strasbourg

Country: France

Population: 271,782

Information: Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France. It's the seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. It's known for its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, featuring daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its 142m spire.

Places of Interest:
Strasbourg Cathedral
Barrage Vauban


Course(s) associated with this program:
POLS 452: Comparative European Legal Systems, 3 credits
POLS 453: European Union: Laws, Institutions, and Integration, 3 credits


Dr. John Kilwein

For more information, please contact Dr. Kilwein at


Program Cost

*Airfare Not Included

WVU Course Credits
Some meals
Programmatic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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